LANSING, Mich. — Senator Coleman A. Young II (D-Detroit) issued the following statement in response to today’s news that emails show Gov. Snyder’s administration was aware of a surge in Legionnaires’ disease potentially linked to Flint’s water nearly 10 months ago:

“Once again, it’s clear that high-ranking officials knew about a public health crisis long before they officially admitted it. I find it highly suspicious that the people in charge of our state can’t seem to communicate within their own office. Either the governor knew and he’s morally bankrupt, or he didn’t know and he’s incompetent.

“We cannot rely on the word of someone who is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act. We cannot expect habitual liars to suddenly start telling the truth.  We cannot let the governor pick and choose what is or isn’t relevant — not when people are dying.”